Definitions of cane
  1. noun
    a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane
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    sugar cane, sugarcane
    juicy canes whose sap is a source of molasses and commercial sugar; fresh canes are sometimes chewed for the juice
    rattan, rattan cane
    the stem of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera used to make wickerwork and furniture and canes
    stem of the rattan palm used for making canes and umbrella handles
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    stalk, stem
    a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
  2. noun
    a stick that people can lean on to help them walk
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    malacca, malacca cane
    a cane made from the stem of a rattan palm
    swagger stick
    a short cane or stick covered with leather and carried by army officers
    sword cane, sword stick
    a cane concealing a sword or dagger
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    walking stick
    a stick carried in the hand for support in walking
  3. noun
    a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment
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    a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
  4. verb
    beat with a cane
    synonyms: flog, lambast, lambaste
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    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
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